Balaton fogas (HC)

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Balaton fogas (HC)
Balaton fogas (HC)

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That's what the Mygars say.

Sunset over Lake Balaton
Servings:Serves 2
Calories per serving:1105
Ready in:1 hour 15 minutes
Prep. time:15 minutes
Cook time:1 hour
Difficulty:Average difficulty
Recipe author:JuliaBalbilla
First published:5th August 2013

Fogas is a fish only available in Lake Balaton, so beware of imitations. It is often translated as pike-perch, which is the name we give to zander but they are not the same.

Unless you go to Hungary, it is unlikely that you will obtain fogas, so substitute pike or zander for this, being Gundel's special recipe.

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  1. Boil the potatoes, rub them through a sieve, mix with 2 eggs, ⅔ oz [18 g] butter and a little salt and season with nutmeg.
  2. Take a dish large enough for two persons.
  3. Squeeze the potatoes through a funnel on the circumference of the dish.
  4. Boil the spinach leaves and put them in a layer in the middle of the dish.
  5. Lay the fogas fillet which has been fired in lard or butter on the spinach, cover with Béchamel sauce, sprinkle with grated cheese and bake in the oven.
  6. Béchamel sauce: Make a roux of an ounce [30g] of flour and an ounce and a half [45 g] of melted butter and thin with warm milk. Let it boil up, the add the yolks of two eggs, the cream and the rest of the fogas stock and season with salt, pepper and nutmeg.

Chef's notes

Wilt the spinach rather than boil it as it will be baked as well. Bake at about 180 C/350 F/ Gas 4 until the fish is flaky - about 25 minutes at a guess. --JuliaBalbilla 06:15, 10 January 2009 (UTC)

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